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Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor
  • Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor
  • World Bank. January 2014
  • This publication discusses the challenges faced in accelerating access to improved water and sanitation services beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. It examines the private sector provision of piped water services and on-site sanitation services in rural areas and small towns, with case studies from several countries. The preferences and circumstances of poor households and the performance of enterprises that provide services directly to them are examined, as are commercial and investment climate factors that may affect enterprises' actual o...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Human right to water and sanitation, Infrastructure, Investments, Markets, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Poverty reduction, Private sector participation (PSP), Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Tariffs, Water demand, Water policy, Water supply

Sanitation and externalities: evidence from early childhood health in rural India
  • Sanitation and externalities: evidence from early childhood health in rural India
  • World Bank. January 2014
  • This paper investigates the existence and size of benefits from access to sanitation on child health in rural India. It estimates two sources of benefits: a direct benefit a household receives when moving from open to fixed-point defecation or from unimproved sanitation to improved sanitation, and an external benefit (externality) produced by the neighbourhood's access to sanitation infrastructure. The paper is organized as follows: Section 1 introduces the study; Section 2 presents the motivation for trying to understand the source of benefits of sanitation;...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Behaviour change, Children, Health, Hygiene, Open defecation, Rural areas, Sanitation

Running Water in India's Cities: A Review of Five Recent Public-Private Partnership Initiatives
  • Running Water in India's Cities: A Review of Five Recent Public-Private Partnership Initiatives
  • World Bank Water and Sanitation Program (WSP). January 2014
  • This report looks at five case studies in India, which include: Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh; Nagpur, Maharashtra; Latur, Maharashtra; Aurangabad, Maharashtra; Mysore, Karnataka. A detailed review of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in water and sanitation in these developing cities was undertaken with great emphasis on the data necessary to build a conclusive study. The report intends to evaluate the underlying rationale of the initiatives; the preparatory and bid process; key contract provisions; risk allocation and related issues that may have a bearing on th...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Asia
  • Main themes: Financing, Public-private partnerships (PPP), Sanitation, Urban areas, Water services, Water supply

Reader on Water and Energy
  • Reader on Water and Energy
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). January 2014
  • This reader provides a selection of basic references for easy reading and some of the latest and most relevant United Nations publications on water and energy issues.
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Energy, Green economy, Water efficiency, Water security

Information brief on Water and Energy Sustainability
  • Information brief on Water and Energy Sustainability
  • UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC). January 2014
  • For the purpose of the 2014 International Annual UN-Water Zaragoza Conference and in preparation for World Water Day 2014 focusing on 'Water and Energy', the UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) has produced a series of information briefs on different issues and tools. This brief looks at how success in economic growth requires harnessing the potential of ecosystems to satisfy the demands of water and energy. It investigates managing the environmental impacts of water and energy, some environmental effects of water and energy, ma...[Read full description]
  • Geographical coverage (region): Global
  • Main themes: Economic impact, Economic instruments, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), Risk management, Sustainable development, Water policy, Water supply

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Published in 2014